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Official release today!

My first book, an independent project that combines Japanese history and art, is available today!

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Title: Oboshi the Loyal Samurai: The 47 Ronin Story with Japanese Art

Author: me

Illustrators: more than a dozen 19th-century Japanese woodblock print artists and one 17th-century Japanese painter

Format: Paperback (30 pages) and Ebook

Ages: 6-10

Themes: justice and loyalty

I became interested in the history of the 47 ronin when I heard about the movie 47 Ronin coming out at the end of this month. It was back in July, and as I read about the historical events and people, I also discovered the incredible artwork produced by Japanese artists and wanted to share the art and the story with children in an appropriate way. The story of the 47 ronin is sometimes referred to as the National Legend of Japan, and it represents the finest, ideal example of the code of bushido. My version is based on the play that was written soon after the historical event and uses many of the woodblock prints that were portraits of the actors in costume and on stage. You can look inside the book on Amazon and see for yourself!

The wonderful cover design was created by Andrew Brown of DesignforWriters.com. Thank you Andrew!

Let me know what you think!

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